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Activision Blizzard re-claim top spot with ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ gaining a 7th week at No1 (-35%).
EA’s ‘FIFA 11’ (-50%) kicks off the New Year staying top of the table, giving it a total of four weeks at No1.
Nominations for the 56th Ivor Novello Awards ‘Best Original Video Games Score’ are currently open until Friday February 4 2011, 6pm.
‘FIFA 11’ (-39%) shoots down ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ (-45%) in the last week of the year, denying Activision-Blizzard a 7th week at No1. However, six weeks at No1 is still the most for any game in 2010.
2010 will be remembered as a tough, though successful year for the video games and interactive entertainment industry. It was the year that saw casual games and online games played through social networks emerge from boxed-products’ still large shadow as key forms of interactive entertainment. It seemed as though everyone was playing Angry Birds at some point this year (including David Cameron and Ed Vaizey) and its success was an indication of how widely gaming has spread.
UKIE found that Monday night’s Panorama programme failed to uncover any new evidence that would help to progress debate on this topic.
There is currently no proven link between video games and addiction. There is no official medical diagnosis of video game addiction, either from the American Medical Association or the World Health Organization.
Over the last two weeks the Government has announced a number of consultations, reviews and calls for evidence, which UKIE will be responding to. These are:
With key parts of the Digital Economy Act due to be implemented in 2011, it’s important that UKIE members understand how the Act will affect the interactive entertainment industry.
The Digital Economy Act entered the UK statute books on 9 April this year, but the most important operational provisions that most affect our industry are due to come into effect in 2011. This includes: the formal adoption of the PEGI age ratings system in the UK (due in April 2011); and the protection of the UK’s creative industries from online piracy (due Summer 2011).
UKIE is supporting an innovative new project designed to help UK game developers to publish their games via digital distribution and you have the chance to become a founder member in this ground breaking initiative.
Working in conjunction with experts in the UK games industry, NESTA has been working on a business model and investment plan to create a digital publisher/distributer. This new company will be unique, it will be created as a consortium of game developers, working together to create and distribute the very best games across the digital platforms.
A Westminster Hall Debate was held in Parliament today, looking at Government support for the UK software industry. UKIE was approached by Mike Weatherley MP who kindly offered to speak on our behalf, focusing on what the Government can do to protect IP and encourage original IP creation. Mr Weatherley also urged the Government to engage with UKIE on IP tax, R&D tax relief, and proposals for a patent box (a formal consultation is expected shortly).